August 3, 2012 |
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is among the country's most high-profile advocates for gay marriage, even officiating a few himself. But now he's also become one of the most stalwart supporters of Chick-fil-A. Or, rather, of its free speech rights. Bloomberg has said that he'd never heard of the chain before the controversy over Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's support for the “ biblical definition of the family unit. ” But as protesters take to the chicken restaurants Friday to protest, with same-sex “kiss-ins” planned across the country, Bloomberg again defended Chick-fil-A's right to believe whatever it wants.
April 6, 2012 |
Here's a litmus test for candidates: Are you more inclined to use the power of government to try to prevent people from suffering harm, or to provide remedies for those who do? I pose this in the context of a bill President Obama signed Thursday -- HR 3606 , the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act -- to lift some of the regulatory barriers new businesses face when fundraising. The measure drew flak mainly from Senate Democrats, who argued that it would make the public more vulnerable to securities scams. Opponents seemed particularly concerned about two provisions.
February 12, 2011 |
"Tea party" sentiment is pulling the Republican presidential contest to the right as would-be candidates appeal for support from the GOP's conservative base. Tea party litmus tests were dominant 2012 themes as most of the presidential contenders addressed the nation's largest annual conservative conference, which ended Saturday. Competing for straw-poll votes from thousands of activists ? who gave libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) first place ? the potential candidates sought to outdo one another in expressing their disgust with a bloated government in Washington.
December 9, 2010 |
Tired of the rising frequency of public disputes between programming networks and local cable operators and satellite broadcasters that leave consumers in the lurch, the FCC said it would propose new rules that would give it more clout to play referee. Over the last year, there have been several high-profile spats between big media companies over fees charged for programming. In one notable instance, News Corp.'s Fox pulled the signal of its New York City TV station from Cablevision Systems Corp.
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March 14, 2010 |
Republicans running for their party's nomination for California governor and the U.S. Senate brawled over conservative purity Saturday as they vied to inspire the party's wary rank and file. A national climate that portends trouble for Democrats lent a hopeful mood to a weekend convention of nearly 1,000 Republicans at a Silicon Valley hotel. Candidates took turns pummeling Democrats Jerry Brown, who hopes to recapture the governorship that he first won in 1974, and Barbara Boxer, the perennially vulnerable U.S. senator whom Republicans have failed three times to defeat.
March 9, 2010 |
It wasn't long ago that Marco Rubio and Tim Pawlenty -- two rising Republican stars -- supported legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions. But in recent weeks, both have begun to express doubts about whether cars, factories and power plants have anything to do with global warming. The shift by Rubio and Pawlenty -- as well as other prominent Republicans -- reflects the rising power of climate change skeptics in the GOP, where global warming is becoming a litmus test for conservatives.